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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Posted on December 5, 2018 by James Shults

Release Date: November 16, 2001

Director: Chris Columbus

Overall Rating: Good

The orphaned Harry Potter lives a seemingly normal life until one day he finds out he’s to become a wizard.

The Good

Harry Potter is set up as the perfect underdog. Not only is he an orphan but his caretakers, the Dursley family, are the absolute worst. Harry is treated as a pest. His very existence is a burden to the Dursleys. It’s such a relief when he finally leaves them behind to go to Hogwarts. However, that is just the beginning of Harry Potter’s tale.

The Bad

SPOILERS: Harry, Ron and Hermione have to get through a variety of rooms that contain overwhelming obstacles on their journey to find the Sorcerer’s Stone. These rooms function as puzzles. Each are conveniently unique to Harry and Ron’s unique skills. Unfortunately the movie skips the challenge from the book that’s unique to Hermione. It makes this whole setup seem less contrived but also takes away the group effort of it all. The book tells us that these three needed each other to accomplish their goal. The movie usurps that notion for the sake of brevity.

The Ugly

There are more things from the book that don’t make it into the movie. Most notable is perhaps Peeves, one of the many ghosts that roam Hogwarts. His absence doesn’t ruin the movie but it does remind you how much more you get from reading the book over watching the movie.

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